Less than a year after Hostess Brands went bankrupt, leaving thousands of people across the country unemployed, Twinkies are set to return to the shelves July 15.
The new owners have re-opened the Dolly Madison Bakery in Columbus for production. On Monday afternoon, the parking lot was nearly full. Last year, Columbus saw around 400 people laid off, but now dozens of those same people have been rehired.
"Oh it feels good to be back on the clock... back at work," says Erma Blackmon, who started back May 20.
For 32 years Blackmon has been working at the plant doing production and packing. She said those six months out of a job were not easy, but neither was getting her job back. She was one of hundreds that turned out for a job fair at the Georgia Department of Labor.
"I was there at 5:30 that morning and stood in a long line," she says. "I was the 13th person that went in the door."
Earlier this year the new company said they had initial plans to hire 200 employees with plans to expand when demand increased. Other workers started back June 20 and have been busy preparing snack cakes that shipped July 5.
Twinkies will have a longer shelf-life when they return. Instead of lasting 26 days they'll keep for 45.
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